A new trend is sweeping the nation, inviting everyday citizens to “get back to their roots” and enjoy their local farms. Called “agritourism”, farms across the country are making their lands available, for a fee, to tourists from all over. Picking fruits and vegetables, navigating corn mazes, and shopping for locally-made products are just a few things these farms offer. And while the trend is catching on elsewhere, Londonderry, NH has always been a hot spot for agritourism!Drive by one of the four farms located in town (Mack’s Apples, Sunnycrest Farms, Elwood Orchards, and Merrill Farms) on any given weekend from mid-to-late September through the end of October and you’ll notice lines of cars in the parking lots, children and adults alike picking through apple trees, pumpkin patches, and farm stands.
Make a day of agritourism in Londonderry during the fall by visiting each of the farms: swing by Merrill’s in the north end where you’ll find freshly laid eggs for $2 a dozen; head south towards Mack’s for a wide selection of pumpkins and apples; go west to Sunnycrest to feed the farm animals and pick up a fresh batch of cider donuts; finally, travel southwest to Elwood for their dozen-plus acre corn maze, open days in September and days and nights in October!
Fall is not the only season to enjoy agritourism in Londonderry, though. Fruit picking is hot at Sunnycrest when the weather heats up, offering strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and more; Merrill’s offers year round farm fresh eggs; and when the snow begins to melt in March, Peterson’s Sugar Shack starts smoking, making their famous maple syrup.
Agritourism, also called agrativities or agritivities, was featured on NBC Nightly News earlier this week. Be sure to watch the video below to learn about this new trend. Also, visit our Agrativities page to learn more about Londonderry’s agritourism!